The Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament heading to Washington, D.C., in 2017 appeared as a pretty obvious move by the conference trying to lock down the East Coast as part of Big Ten Country.
Well, any basketball fans in the Midwest worried they'd need to start expanding their travel budget to attend future hoops tournies can breathe a little easier.
The conference announced Thursday that the Big Ten Tournament will return to the Midwest after its trip out East. Chicago and Indianapolis will alternate as host cities from 2019 to 2022. The United Center will play host in 2019 and 2021, and Bankers Life Fieldhouse will be the tournament's home in 2020 and 2022.
Additionally, the conference announced that the Big Ten Football Championship Game will remain at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis through the 2021 season.
"The Big Ten Conference and member institutions are excited to return to Chicago and Indianapolis for future football championship games and basketball tournaments," commissioner Jim Delany said in the release. "These two cities have been tremendous hosts and partners with first-class facilities and an outstanding base of Big Ten alumni and fans who support conference events. We are proud of the history that we have developed with these two great cities and look forward to maintaining a significant presence in both locations."
The site of the 2018 basketball tournament has yet to be announced, but this four-year shift back to the traditional center of the conference's footprint is sure to alleviate the concerns of those who fretted following the conference's decision to play the 2017 tourney in Washington.